23 October 2017

Yesterday one of my neighbours, a midlle aged guy, requested me as to whether I could teach him spoken English in my spare time. (There had been many such instances previously). On such occasions my reply had always been a polite "I'm sorry. I neither have time nor inclination to teach spoken English. I don't think that you can learn spoken English by getting taught as effectively as by viewing good English language movies, serials, documentaries and news telecasts".

But learners should be careful enough to filter out meaningless phrases or sentences such the following one from the BBC WORLD SERVICE telecast of yesterday:

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I am a retired K-12 Education Management Professional. I have worked at different levels in K-12 school systems, textbook publishing, elearning and Education NGOs. I have held memberships in The Association for Science Education (UK), American Association of Physics Teachers and The Malaysian Institute of Physics. I hold a 1st class B Sc Degree in Physics followed by B Ed [English and Physical Science] and M A [Childcare and Education] degrees. My published works include 59 articles in teacher development magazines in India and the US and a book entitled `Creative Classrooms and Child Friendly Schools' (listed in Amazon). This book is almost an anecdotal account of my professional experience in six countries (including Cambodia where I worked as Technical Adviser to the Ministry of Education, Youth And Sports). I served as mentor in the Certificate of Teaching Mastery Program offered by Teachers Without Borders.